Thanksgiving Desserts: How to Make Them

Whether you serve pumpkin pie or not, dessert is a must on Turkey Day

There are plenty of options for a sweet end to the Thanksgiving feast.

After a marathon Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, it’s important to finish strong on a sweet note. Pumpkin pie is always a classic favorite, but tarts, cobblers, cakes, and puddings are not to be overlooked. So, just before your guests slump into a post-dinner nap, make sure they are fully satisfied with a delicious dessert.

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The traditional Thanksgiving dessert is pumpkin pie — and there are plenty of ways to dress up this classic dish. Try adding a streusel topping or mixing in some honey or maple syrup in place of sugar. Also, make sure to use what is fresh and available during the season. There is an abundance of luscious winter fruits available, like apples and pears, that can be baked with the pumpkin for an interesting twist.

If pumpkin pie is not your thing, we completely understand. A sticky and gooey pecan pie spiked with bourbon can be just what is needed after a large savory meal. Or, use fresh winter fruits paired with warm spices for a cranberry cobbler or apple tart. A pumpkin cheesecake is always a crowd-pleaser, and a simple cardamom pot de crème can be a simple and thoughtful dessert.

We are sure that your guests will be excited to dig into one of these desserts bursting with fall flavor. To finish off any dessert, remember to add a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.


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